Emulation catch-all

Rykin wrote:

I have the Super Nt and I love it. It made sense for me because I have 60-70 actually SNES carts. The main drawback with it so far is that it is only for SNES games even with the jailbroken firmware. I really wish it could run NES ROMs or carts with an adapter.

Why jailbreak it? Is it genuinely region locked or something?

If they made more combo systems I'd definitely be tempted, even for a higher price. There's so much crap above/under/behind the TV these days.

Rykin wrote:

I have been looking into MISTer stuff and I am totally wanting to build an arcade cabinet using it. The project seems to be very active right now. I have been looking for some of the components though and it isn't always clear where you can get them from. The main FPGA board is on Amazon, but many places that sell the RAM upgrade are out of stock.

It definitely has a hand-crafted, small-batch, artisanal feel re: how the various pieces are manufactured. I bet it's made only from the finest hand-sifted sand from pure white beaches and fired in natural gas powered bespoke furnaces.

ccoates wrote:

So, to summarize. There's a tiny wizard inside of it and when you load one of the cores Jonny's referring to he casts a magic spell to try and shapeshift it into a specific system's chip. Gotcha.

Well, yes, if by 'wizard' you mean 'electricity'. When you download a new firmware blob to an FPGA, the components change type and layout, magically making a new circuit that might do something entirely different. It's a brooch, it's a hat, it's a pterodactyl!

There's been some musing that this sort of chip could be integrated into computers, and then programs could download custom builds to give themselves hardware acceleration for new functions, but nothing ever came of it.

Got my New PocketGo. Just messed a bit with it so far. A few quibbles:
- Volume is too loud on the lowest setting.
- Main SD card is formatted to Linux partition format so I can't easily access it on my Mac. I can use a second SD card for content (there are 2 slots), but seems like a waste of 20GB or so of free space on the primary 32GB card.
- D-pad is a little stiff. Probably will either loosen up or not bother me particularly in the long term.
- Brightness control is a bit flakey. You need to hold down select and a volume button but there are so many gradients that it takes time to actually notice any difference. Also, during that time, the select button is still registered so whatever function is currently assigned to that will occur.
- The default GBA emulator doesn't have a full-screen/stretch mode.

ccoates wrote:
Rykin wrote:

I have the Super Nt and I love it. It made sense for me because I have 60-70 actually SNES carts. The main drawback with it so far is that it is only for SNES games even with the jailbroken firmware. I really wish it could run NES ROMs or carts with an adapter.

Why jailbreak it? Is it genuinely region locked or something?

To run ROMs. Currently all of my SNES games (and like 90% of my possessions in general) are packed away in a storage facility down the street while my GF and I try to live together without killing each other in an 800 square foot condo My Super Nt is one of the few things I kept out.

ccoates wrote:

If they made more combo systems I'd definitely be tempted, even for a higher price. There's so much crap above/under/behind the TV these days.

Rykin wrote:

I have been looking into MISTer stuff and I am totally wanting to build an arcade cabinet using it. The project seems to be very active right now. I have been looking for some of the components though and it isn't always clear where you can get them from. The main FPGA board is on Amazon, but many places that sell the RAM upgrade are out of stock.

It definitely has a hand-crafted, small-batch, artisanal feel re: how the various pieces are manufactured. I bet it's made only from the finest hand-sifted sand from pure white beaches and fired in natural gas powered bespoke furnaces.

Yea with the exception of the mainboard it seems that everything is a bit bespoke.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

- The default GBA emulator doesn't have a full-screen/stretch mode.

This is disappointing. For better or worse I compare every emulation solution against the PSP and its full 4" screen.

Looks like you can download a different version of the GBA emulator, I need to try that when I have time. Will report soon! PSP is great but I often found GBA performance a bit off.

Dell/Alienware is showing off a concept device at CES that is basically my dream portable emulation machine:

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Looks like you can download a different version of the GBA emulator, I need to try that when I have time. Will report soon! PSP is great but I often found GBA performance a bit off.

Definitely some games never fully work (notably Mario Golf). I've finished a couple Advance Wars games and both USe Fire Emblem games on PSP emulation just fine, though. Sometimes I have to choose a different emulator, but I've gotten through fine one way or another.

Rykin wrote:

Dell/Alienware is showing off a concept device at CES that is basically my dream portable emulation machine:

As long as it isn't crazy expensive I will be there.

It looks really uncomfortable to use, hopefully this isn't the final design and they can shrink it a bit and make the controller a little more user friendly.

If they could keep in the $200-300 range I'd be interested.

pizzaddict wrote:

It looks really uncomfortable to use, hopefully this isn't the final design and they can shrink it a bit and make the controller a little more user friendly.

If they could keep in the $200-300 range I'd be interested.

I like the size (the Switch is too small for my gigantic gorilla paws), but yea the shape of the controller and the trigger/shoulder buttons don't look very good. I basically just want them to saw an Xbox One controller in half

DSGamer wrote:
Mr GT Chris wrote:

- The default GBA emulator doesn't have a full-screen/stretch mode.

This is disappointing. For better or worse I compare every emulation solution against the PSP and its full 4" screen.

Good news, fixed by copying a different version of the emulator over, pretty seamless. Don't have access to the partition on the main card but I could copy the file to my 2nd SD card and then use the system file manager to just move it between the two cards.

Volume is still an issue but with headphones it's fine on the minimum setting. So, just without headphones is problematic.

So far I've put about an hour into Lufia (SNES) and 10 minutes into Symphony of the Night (PS1), very pleased with what I've seen.

pizzaddict wrote:

It looks really uncomfortable to use, hopefully this isn't the final design and they can shrink it a bit and make the controller a little more user friendly.

If they could keep in the $200-300 range I'd be interested.

The price is whats going to make it for me, the fact it shows alienware makes me think instead of 300 it'll be 3000

JohnKillo wrote:
Rykin wrote:

Dell/Alienware is showing off a concept device at CES that is basically my dream portable emulation machine:

As long as it isn't crazy expensive I will be there.

Did this heretic just diss the Dreamcast controller? Best controller ever.

GT Chris,

Is the New PocketGo as small as it looks? It appears to be slightly bigger than a GBA Micro. I might be convinced to give it a try so I have something I can discretely slip into my pocket for when I don't want to pack around a Switch.

Yeah the Alienware name alone doubles the cost of whatever hardware is in there.

DSGamer wrote:

GT Chris,

Is the New PocketGo as small as it looks? It appears to be slightly bigger than a GBA Micro. I might be convinced to give it a try so I have something I can discretely slip into my pocket for when I don't want to pack around a Switch.

I think the 3DS is probably still better for discretely slipping into your pocket because of the clam shell design. The size is just a little smaller and thinner than the New 3DS but the weight is not even close, feels like it could float out of your hand. However, I saw someone on the reddit that said they cracked the screen with it on their pocket. You could order it with the $5-10 case (I did), it's pretty solid but does add to the size of it. Still fits in my pocket but less discrete.

Put some more time into it. Adding emulators was a lot easier than I expected. You drop the application packages in the apps folder and the OS just adds the icon to the appropriate screen (apps, games, emulation). I added a TG16 emulator with no problems. Presumably the developer adds some meta-data so it knows where to go. Actraiser doesn't work at all on PocketSNES, the default emulator, no idea why. Had more luck after I added SNES9x but for some reason the menu in SNES9x isn't displaying correctly. Otherwise, no issues with cart games. CD games like MegaCD and Turboduo seem to require uncompressed formats for the cd images which is a bit of a pain but I guess it's a restriction of the emulators on that hardware.

Sound is still an issue so headphones only if you want sound. The main unit also only has a mono speaker which is a bit of a bummer.

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I got the 8bitdo Lite controller to fit in a xbox one clip.

Why?

I dunno but it travels nicely and plays fairly well with my phone.

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